Olympic heros get warmest of welcomes

Louis Smith - silver medal winner at London 2012 Credit: Julie Jacobson/AP/Press Association Images

Some of the East's Olympic heroes have returned to the region to be greeted by crowds of appreciative fans.

Gymnast Louis Smith visited the gym where he trains at Huntingdon, before going on to a civic reception in Peterborough. Louis's performances on the pommel horse won him a team bronze and an individual silver at London 2012.

He was joined by decathlete Daley Thompson. The 'Join In' event was one of a number across the country aimed at encouraging more people to take up sport.

West Mersea welcomed silver medallist Saskia Clark back home today by making her guest of honour at their carnival.

Saskia won silver in the sailing 470 women's class with partner Hannah Mills. And she was happy to share her prize with the crowds. Saskia joined the crew on the float before heading off on the parade. Saskia joined the crew on the float before heading off on the parade.

I really hope that if any of the kids have seen what I've done this summer and feels a bit inspired to get involved in sport or try that bit harder in the sport they're doing, that would be awesome."

She's a real local girl, although she's lived away in Weymouth for a long time she still comes back a lot and all her friends are here, we're just amazed by all the locals how they've all got behind her and everybody getting into sailing as well not just the yacht club people, everybody giving it a go, so it's fantastic."

Lowestoft boxer Anthony Ogogo was feted for his bronze medal when he completed a lap of honour at Portman Road before the Ipswich Town game kicked off.